A creepy stare actually means “I like you” in Cyborgese.

The creepy “hunter” Senguji explains his M.O. while Akane takes a lesson in profiling with a jaded academic; she later learns of Ginoza’s painful past with his latent criminal father.

First off, we have a familiar killer for this arc-Senguji. He was a twisted hunter last week, but this loony nut really took the prize this time for carving bone smoking pipes from his victims. His motive for killing is apparently the “thrill of the hunt”. Compared with Mido and Ouryou who derive joy after murder, he savors the emotions that come while hunting someone down. With a lack of empathy and a twisted desire to hunt, it’s no wonder Shougo chose to associate himself with Senguji (the latter doesn’t seem strapped for cash and resources). Based on their familiarity, he has had a long “shelf life” with Shougo. However, now that the spotlight’s on him, we’ll see how long it lasts…

>Creepy serial killer flags triggered. Response?

Besides his hunting addiction, Senguji also has a nihilistic view towards the human body-seeing it as a barrier to (his) happiness. Although I disagree with that because it’s simply way too drastic, I did agree with his other statements about science and humanity. If you think about it, all technology is meant to expand our capabilities. From cavemen to farmers to CEO’s, technology has touched millions of people. But, as Senguji himself says: “It’s just a matter of what degree. Still, there’s a difference between entrusting your bodily functions to machines and entrusting tasks to machine, no? If your body fails, you’d be dead. On the other hand, if your PC failed, you’d probably only suffer temporary setbacks. I think Senguji’s trying to pull the public’s leg by equating himself with the common (wo)man. What did you think of his cyborg views?


Later in the show, we got to see Akane learning from criminal profiling expert Saiga Jouji. He’s very skilled if he could use just her name, occupation, looks and mannerisms to gleam that much info. He’s almost like Sherlock Holmes, just without a wider breath of knowledge.

Anyway, his exile from the system explains why “useless” techniques are absent from Psycho-Pass. As Sybil was being implemented, tertiary education was eventually phased out and traditional methods like profiling were abandoned. The wonderful irony is when Shougo destroys all the video archives in Ouryou’s school. The police have depended so much on tech like Dominators and digital video that they have neglected techniques like profiling, so much so that Akane has to visit a disgraced lecturer for lessons. They took one step forward only to take two back, huh?

OF COURSE, what with that obstructive fringe!

Later on, Masaoka gave us a glimpse into Ginoza’s painful past, debunking a theory I saw floating around that Masaoka was Gino’s father.  Overall, the reveal was anticlimactic since I expected more of a fuss from Gino, but at least we see another side to Kougami’s “helpfulness”. Do you think Kou’s trying to use Akane for his vendetta? I mean, he’s been nice to her all this time, but I’ve had a gut feeling from the beginning that their relationship will end badly sooner or later. Maybe I was right?

His smile KILLS.

In the end, this episode was another world-building affair with minor reveals about the cast. It’s not the most action-packed yet, but it was quite informative. Wonder if Senjugi will last the three-episode record Ouryou set? XD


  • Ah~ profiling, can't they just look more data in the library? Oh wait, the people are not good at where to look because the librarian is in jail ep 9. LOL

    Jokes aside, I am very impressed w/ Mr. Jouji, according to RandCuriosity, “ a professor of clinical psychology and an expert criminal profiler who, because of the nature of his work, has come to eschew much of the technology that has come to define PSYCHO-PASS’s society, and has become more in touch with certain aspects of humanity as a result. “

    >By focusing on humans and not technology, he’s able to uncannily profile Tsunemori to a degree and accuracy that seems to at least match what Sibyl is capable of, if not beyond, at least judging from her reaction. It’s just a shame that something so human as being able to read body language and various other psychological signs can potentially cloud Hues and raise Coefficients <

    As for Ouryou, WOW! just wow, I really did NOT see that coming, not at all!! the sweet sweet irony — she become an “art” work as well. Can’t you say she is still “smoking hot” even after death?

  • Perhaps to emphasize the point that he lost his humanity in the pursuit of "happiness"? It does make him more alien and hard to pity though, unlike Ouryou,

    I think that, like with the earlier killers, he had support from Shougo to avoid sounding alarm bells. Or double standards due to his wealth and status had something to do with this. No matter how advanced humanity becomes, human deference to money and titles will never cease, =(

    • I think it has more to do w/ Shougo's help/support, because your 2nd option is too human for him to do, at least in MOV.
      But this really bring the question on the table, "how do we define 'human'"? It is such interesting/abstract food for though that I have to bow down to you, Gen-sama, and your ruthless genius writing.

      • I guess so, but I was referring more to other people (like cops) looking the other way because of his status and wealth. And aren't some "successful" people eccentric? Maybe that had something to do with him being free.

        That, zlieish, is a question I cannot answer confidently. XD I think that being human is related to our flaws and mental capabilities. I mean, some animals can display "human" behavior, right? So physical states don't matter much imo. Our flaws are also what makes us human ( things like pride and mortality). Still, I think that the definition of being "human" will change as time moves along (Cyborgs, anyone?).

        • It scares me to think what will my children or grandchildren think about us in the future. Will we be still "human" enough to them? Or may be we are just a bunch of endless nagging old-timers? LOL But really, imagine generation gap……..X_X

          Nevertheless, I will urge them to read classic literature and Urobuchi Gen's work, oh ,and also give them a piece of my mind when time comes. XD

          • I felt old when Akane said profilng was outdated, imagine when all those new-fangled stuff comes. I'd be like what you said-a nagging guy who yearns for the "good ol' days".

            As for what I'd nag about, it's pretty obvious. =)

            "Y'know kid, there used to be an amazing art form called anime. Heard of it?"

            "Gramps, that stuff's too highbrow. I mean, they have it at display at that boring ol' art musuem."

            I'd love it anime was recognised, but not if it becomes a fossil. XD

  • Gino's TOLD status in this episode:
    [_] TOLD
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